Proof of birth or adoption

You need to give us proof of your child’s birth or adoption before we can finalise your claim for Parental Leave Pay, Family Tax Benefit or Dad and Partner Pay.

Proof of birth

Your hospital or midwife will give you a Parent Pack after the birth of your baby. It will include a Newborn Child Declaration. A doctor or midwife must sign the Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration on the last page. Use this declaration to give us proof of your child’s birth.

We only need to get proof of your child’s birth once. Use the signed declaration to:

If you misplace your Newborn Child Declaration, it can't be reissued. However, you can still claim the same payments and services by giving us:

  • a birth certificate or certified extract, or
  • a letter from the doctor or midwife who attended the birth, including home births, which must include:
    • the details of the child’s parents
    • your child’s name, date and place of birth
    • the doctor or midwife’s signature, qualifications and registration number, or
  • Australian Government documents that verify the child's name and date of birth, such as a passport or naturalisation certificate

Proof of adoption

When you adopt a child, you’ll get adoption papers to confirm the adoption process has started. Use these to:

  • give us proof of adoption of your child
  • complete your claim for Parental Leave Pay, Family Tax Benefit or Dad and Partner Pay
  • enrol your child for Medicare and the Medicare Safety Net
  • register your child for a My Health Record, and
  • enrol your child into the Australian Immunisation Register

Read more about payments and services when adopting a child.

Registering your child’s birth

The hospital will give you a birth registration form after the birth of your baby. We can’t give you some payments until you register the birth of your child with your state or territory government.

Read more about registering your child's birth.

Submit proof of birth or adoption to claim a payment

After the birth of your baby, you must submit the proof of birth or proof of adoption to complete your claim for a payment.

If you submitted a claim before your child’s birth or adoption

After the birth of your baby, you need to complete the claim you started before your child’s birth or adoption, for:

Submit your proof of birth or adoption online

  1. Log on to your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
  2. Select Add newborn child in your online account or Add Newborn in the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
  3. Answer all the questions and attach a scan or photo of:
    • your child’s proof of birth - the signed Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration found on the back of your Newborn Child Declaration, or
    • the adoption papers if you adopted your child.

If you are submitting a claim after your child’s birth or adoption

If you’re starting a claim after your child’s birth or adoption you can submit your proof of birth or adoption online with your claim for:

Submit your proof of birth or adoption online

  1. Log on to your Centrelink online account through myGov.
  2. Select Make a Claim.
  3. Answer all the questions and attach a scan or photo of:
    • your child’s proof of birth - the signed Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration found on the back of your Newborn Child Declaration, or
    • the adoption papers if you adopted your child.

Read more about self service options.

Enrolling your child in Medicare

As a part of your online claim for Family Tax Benefit or Parental Leave Pay, you can use your proof of birth or adoption to:

  • enrol your newborn or adopted child for Medicare
  • enrol your newborn or adopted child for the Medicare Safety Net, and
  • register your newborn or adopted child for a My Health Record

Only the birth mother can register a newborn child for My Health Record using the Newborn Child Declaration.

Not claiming a payment

If you are not claiming any payments, complete the Newborn Child Declaration to:

Submit your completed form at a service centre or by post. The postal address is on the declaration.

Page last updated: 29 May 2017